I just compressed a short movie using On2 Flix Exporter 8 as an .flv file. I moved it to my business machine to upload to my server. But, I can't play the dang thing on my business machine, even after reinstalling Flash 9 Player for Mac, because it can't find the application to open it and play. I try to create a path to it, but I can't find the application, although I find the Flash Player folder with all kinds of stuff in it. Just not the Player. What the heck am I not doing (besides thinking).
What the heck is an .swf file? And why am I having to go through all of these obscure operations to play what is supposed to be the most universal multimedia playback format? I mean, if you want to play a QT, a REAL, or a WM piece of media, you just download the player and Voila! It plays. Are you serious that I have to find a hidden file with this .swf extension, then find the right .flv folder and marry them just to play media that really should automatically and seamlessly just play, with the right files finding themselves. Seems primitive on a programming level, no?
coupla things...FLV is really intended as an internal video format, that is not playable outside of Flash. Second, if you dont know what a SWF is I suggest you go back to Room 101 and read the manual from page 1. Very rudimentary.
you can download VLC, some versions of that supposedly play FLV
also, what I did, is download the demo of Sorenson Squeeze. It installs a FLV Player. The demo is good for a month, but the FLV Player works forever. you can delete Squeeze when done and keep the player.